With the lockdown imposed, everyone in the tech industry is upping their game, even Google.
As you know, because of the quarantine and self-isolation, students are taking classes from home and professionals are working from home. This has increased the need for video conferencing apps and has pushed the app developers to update features. Following the path, Google has informed Reuters about its plans to add Zoom-like gallery view to its business and education-focused Meet video-conferencing service. This way, people can join meetings directly from Gmail.
The latest update will allow 16 participants to conduct a meeting in one frame. The update will go live by the end of the month. However, if you compare the framing feature of Google and Zoom, you’ll probably still give Zoom an upper hand as it allows up to 49 people in one screen - although you do need to possess a powerful CPU for it.
The image below elaborates what Meet’s latest integration with Gmail would look like. As you can see, an option on the Gmail’s sidebar will allow you to attend a meeting instantly.
Source: The verge
“With more and more people working and learning from home, we want to make it easier for you to connect and keep things moving forward. With Meet in Gmail, you can easily start or join a meeting in seconds. Our goal is to help you follow the flow of the day, seamlessly switching between email and video meetings — whichever form of communication you need.”- said Google in a statement to The Verge.
Google has further said that the update will be available for G Suite Customers today on the web, but mobile users will get the update on a later date.
Additional updates include better lighting, background, and audio conditions. Also, the date for free access has been extended until 30th September according to Google.